One example of New Zealand's "nationwide problem" with domestic violence was exposed in the Hawera District Court this week.
Judge Allan Roberts told Dennis Lance Algie, 37, of Hawera, that the violence he meted out to his partner and children had to be denounced.
"Those people should have been able to look to you for protection," he said.
Judge Roberts said Algie already had 86 previous convictions, including seven for assaulting police and two for threatening to kill.
Police prosecutor Steve Hickey said the defendant also had two other protection orders against him on file, unrelated to this offending.
On Wednesday, Algie was sentenced on eight charges, including assaulting a child, assaulting a female and breaching a protection order. He was also charged with the misuse of a telephone.
He had pleaded guilty to all charges at an earlier court appearance.
Judge Roberts said the offending took place over a 10-month period last year.
In one instance Algie smacked one of the children so hard around the back and bottom area that it left bruising. On another, he punched his partner in the face, leaving her with a black eye.
"You regularly resorted to various acts of violence," he said.
Algie's lawyer Rajan Rai sought a sentence of intensive supervision and community work as a penalty for the offending.
He said his client was very remorseful for what had happened. He had also engaged in counselling.
Judge Roberts said although Algie's counselling efforts were acknowledged along with his early guilty pleas, the seriousness of the offending and Algie's poor compliance with past court orders ruled out home detention as an option.
On all charges, Algie was sent to jail for nine months.
Judge Roberts also imposed special release conditions for Algie to undergo psychological, domestic violence and parenting assessments and to complete any followup programmes as directed.
- Taranaki Daily News
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